Congressman David Scott released the following statement on National HIV Testing Day:
"Today is an important day for health awareness," Congressman Scott said. "The sad truth is that HIV and AIDS rates have jumped among African Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control, black Americans face the most severe burden of HIV/AIDS than any other racial group."
National HIV Testing Day is an annual campaign coordinated by the National Association of People with AIDS to encourage people of all ages to "Take the Test, Take Control."
"It is of the utmost importance that we fight this disease with awareness, information, testing and healthy decisions." Congressman Scott continued, "Please, have a frank talk with your loved ones about protecting themselves from this disease and encourage them to take advantage of free HIV testing today at several locations throughout metro Atlanta. I also host an annual health fair and each year AID Atlanta provides free HIV testing at the event. Join me this year on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at my 7th Annual Health Fair at Mundy's Mill High School in Jonesboro for free HIV testing, clinical breast exams, prostate cancer PSA screenings, and much, much more."
For more information on National HIV Testing Day and to find the location of an event near you, visit the CDC website at this link